"I was talking to Coach Higgins the other day and they want to redshirt me," Smith said. "With a couple of the injuries we've had with some of our receivers, he said I may have to play. If that is the case, great. If not, that's fine as well. Whatever the coaches decide with, I'm fine with."
Although he is a true freshman, Smith feels that if he is called upon to play this weekend against a tough Pac-10 secondary, he'll be ready to go.
"Yeah, I'm ready," said Smith. "I'm still learning some of the plays, but I'm 99.9 percent sure I'll be able to do well. I feel like I'll do well with the plays that I know, so I would like to play this weekend. I'm confident in what I can do…I came here to play football and if I'm able to do so this year, then great. I feel like can go out and do some things out there to help the team if needed."
Like his fellow wide receiver teammates, Smith has been spending quality time in the film room studying the secondary of Arizona. Smith wants to make sure he is well prepared to put what he's learned over fall camp to good use, just in case he is called upon. Knowing the opponent's tendencies further helps this cause.
"I feel I can run my routes well," said Smith. "I've been studying their corners and watching film on them to learn more of what they do. I feel I would be able to run precise routes to try and get open. I feel I have a pretty good understanding of what they do, and if I could do that, then I feel I could help out the team. I have my timing down pretty good and Max [Hall] is one of the best. He's adjusted fine with me and the gelling between us two has developed really nicely."
Smith is still waiting on the decision from the coaches on whether or not he'll actually see the field against Arizona, though he should know soon.
"I should know by midweek," Smith said. "I think they're waiting to see how the other receivers, like Matt Allen, [do] before they make a decision with me. I should know here soon."